Brooke Bogdanski

University of Toledo
2018

“To future applicants, you will not regret your experience with the Ohio Scholars in Aging Program. Never have I met more genuine people at the state level who are so committed and dedicated to the aging and older adult population. It was wonderful connecting with other students across the state who also shared the same passions as I did.”

My collegiate pursuit of serving the older adult population began in my early years serving as a nursing assistant in the long-term care setting while working through college. Following that, I served as a social worker assistant in a social service office of an acute rehab and long-term care setting. Working in those areas I observed the care and the needs of those I was working with and developed a passion and commitment for working with this population. Through the BSW Program at the University of Toledo, I decided to complete my year-long, senior field placement at the Area Office on Aging of Northwestern Ohio, located in Toledo, Ohio. There I was placed in the PASSPORT department where I would learn and attain the skill set of care management and brokering consumers to resources in the community. Through working with the PASSPORT waiver program, I have developed a better comprehension of the programming and resources available to the older adult population in the Northwest Ohio area. I have also begun to understand ODA policy and regulations, which are very vital to the functioning of an agency. I have also gotten the opportunity to work with the agency’s planning and development team, gathering data for their research project regarding senior centers. The Area Office on Aging of Northwestern Ohio has partnered with Scripps Research through Miami University to conduct this research. The research’s main objective was to gather data to better understand the impact of senior centers on older adults in the community.

I have been so fortunate having been able to work alongside the phenomenal staff at the Area Office on Aging. The staff at AAA 4 are passionate about what they do for their community and it shows. I anticipate leaving the agency equipped with a confident level of knowledge on the older adult population. It has truly has been a rewarding learning experience.

In regard to the Ohio Scholar’s in Aging Program, I will admit that I was not very familiar with the program. It was simply by exploration and research that I came across this exceptional program. To future applicants, you will not regret your experience with the Ohio Scholars in Aging Program. Never have I met more genuine people at the state level who are so committed and dedicated to the aging and older adult population. It was wonderful connecting with other students across the state who also shared the same passions as I did.